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Works: 15,524 works in 35,497 publications in 30 languages and 375,954 library holdings
Genres: Dialogues (Literature)  Utopian fiction  Biographies  Essays  Poetry  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Trials, litigation, etc  Manuscripts  Instructional and educational works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Dedicatee, Bibliographic antecedent, Honoree, Contributor, Creator, Translator
Classifications: JC71, 184
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Most widely held works by Plato
Symposium by Plato( )

586 editions published between 1556 and 2021 in 16 languages and held by 7,572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this celebrated masterpiece Plato imagines a high-society dinner party in Athens in 416 B.C. at which the guests each deliver a short speech in praise of love
Phaedrus by Plato( )

363 editions published between 1810 and 2021 in 17 languages and held by 5,444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works, 'Phaedrus' takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love
Protagoras by Plato( )

275 editions published between 1736 and 2022 in 15 languages and held by 5,109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Protagoras, one of Plato's most brilliant dramatic masterpieces, presents a vivid picture of the crisis of fifth-century Greek thought, in which traditional values and conceptions of man were subjected both to the criticism of the Sophists and to the far more radical criticism of Socrates. The dialogue deals with many themes which are central to the ethical theories which Plato developed under the influence of Socrates, notably the nature of human excellence, the relation of knowledge to right conduct, and the place of pleasure in the good life." "This translation of the Protagoras was originally published in 1976. In this revised edition, C.C.W. Taylor has made a number of changes in the Translation and Commentary, and has added a new Preface and Introduction. The Bibliography has also been extended to include titles published up to 1990"--Jacket
The dialogues of Plato by Plato( )

150 editions published between 1871 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 4,937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The current text provides an English translation of six works from Plato. Jowett provides translations, introductions, and analyses to Gorgias, Philebus, Parmenides, Theatetus, Sophist, and Statesman." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Phaedo by Plato( Book )

572 editions published between 1553 and 2021 in 20 languages and held by 4,603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Phaedo is acknowledged to be one of Plato's masterpieces, showing him both as a philosopher and as a dramatist at the height of his powers. For its moving account of the execution of Socrates, the Phaedo ranks among the supreme literary achievements of antiquity. It is also a document crucial to the understanding of many ideas deeply ingrained in western culture, and provides one of the best introductions to Plato's thought. - Publisher
Gorgias by Plato( )

252 editions published between 1541 and 2022 in 15 languages and held by 4,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Gorgias is a vivid introduction to central problems of moral and political philosophy. In answer to an eloquent attack on morality as conspiration of the weak against the strong, Plato develops his own doctrine, insisting that the benefits of being moral always outweigh any benefits to be won from immorality. He applies his views to such questions as the errors of democracy, the role of the political expert in society, and the justification of punishment. In the notes to this translation, Professor Irwin discusses the historical and social context of the dialogue, expounds and criticizes the arguments, and tries above all to suggest the questions a modern reader ought to raise about Plato's doctrines
Plato's Meno by Plato( )

285 editions published between 1535 and 2021 in 14 languages and held by 4,180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Given its brevity, Plato's Meno covers an astonishingly wide array of topics: politics, education, virtue, definition, philosophical method, mathematics, the nature and acquisition of knowledge, and immortality. Its treatment of these, through profound, is tantalisingly short, leaving the reader with many unresolved questions. This book confronts the dialogue's many enigmas and attempts to solve them in a way that is both lucid and sympathetic to Plato's philosophy. Reading the dialogue as a whole, it explains how different arguments are related to one another, and how the interplay between characters is connected to the philosophical content of the work
The republic by Plato( )

110 editions published between 1881 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 3,883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An unabridged republication of the Benjamin Jowett translation of The republic from a standard text originally published in 1894. A new introductory note has been specially prepared for this edition"--Title page verso
The Republic by Plato( Book )

387 editions published between 1852 and 2022 in 7 languages and held by 3,868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A literal translation from the Oxford text, with an interpretive essay which attempts to approach Plato's intention
Timaeus by Plato( )

226 editions published between 1532 and 2021 in 12 languages and held by 3,778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Donald J. Zeyl's translation of Timaeus is presented along with his 75 page introductory essay, which discusses points of contemporary interest in the Timaeus, deals at length with long-standing and current issues of interpretation, and provides a consecutive commentary on the work as a whole
The Apology, Phaedo, and Crito of Plato by Plato( )

396 editions published between 1541 and 2021 in 13 languages and held by 3,769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Allegory of the Cave by Plato from The Republic by Plato and translated by Benjamin Jowett. The Allegory of the Cave or Plato's Cave was presented by the Greek philosopher Plato in his work Republic to compare "the effect of education and the lack of it on our nature". It is written as a dialogue between Plato's brother Glaucon and his mentor Socrates, narrated by the latter. The allegory is presented after the analogy of the sun and the analogy of the divided line. All three are characterized in relation to dialectic at the end of Books VII and VIII. Plato has Socrates describe a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them, and give names to these shadows. The shadows are the prisoners' reality. Socrates explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are not reality at all for he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the manufactured reality that is the shadows seen by the prisoners. -- back cover
The Republic of Plato by Plato( Book )

427 editions published between 1852 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 3,581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Long regarded as the most accurate rendering of Plato's Republic that has yet been published, this work is the first literal translation of this classic. There is annotated text, an essay--as well as indices--which will better enable the reader to approach the heart of Plato's intention. This edition includes a new introduction by critic Adam Kirsch, setting the work in its intellectual context for a new generation of readers.--
The republic by Plato( Book )

164 editions published between 1897 and 2021 in 5 languages and held by 3,378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"R. E. Allen's highly regarded translations of the dialogues of Plato have been praised for their faithfulness and readability. Many years in the making, his translation of The Republic has been eagerly awaited. It comes now to crown a distinguished classicist's efforts to make Plato's works available in readable and accurate translations. This new, lucid translation of Plato's greatest dialogue is the first major translation in English since the publication of F.M. Cornford's and G.M.A. Grube's renditions more than a generation ago. It is likely to be the standard translation for years to come."
Plato's Parmenides by Plato( )

37 editions published between 1865 and 2016 in English and German and held by 2,956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This work presents an illuminating new translation of the dialogue together with an extensive introduction and running commentary, giving a unified explanation of the Parmenides and integrating it firmly within the context of Plato's metaphysics and methodology." "Scolnicov shows that in the Parmenides Plato addresses the most serious challenge to his own philosophy: the monism of Parmenides and the Eleatics. In addition to providing a serious rebuttal to Parmenides, Plato here reformulates his own theory of forms and participation, arguments that are central to the whole of Platonic thought, and provides these concepts with a rigorous logical and philosophical foundation. In Scolnicov's analysis, the Parmenides emerges as an extension of ideas from Plato's middle dialogues and as an opening to the later dialogues." "This translation follows the Greek closely, and the commentary affords the Greekless reader a clear understanding of how Scolnicov's interpretation emerges from the text. This volume will provide a valuable introduction and framework for understanding a dialogue that continues to generate lively discussion today."--Jacket
The laws of Plato by Plato( Book )

261 editions published between 1814 and 2022 in 12 languages and held by 2,928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last of Plato's dialogues, distinguished from his earlier works by its more practical treatment of political problems. Though criticized in some detail by Aristotle in the "Politics", it undoubtedly exercised a profound influence upon his thought, and through him upon subsequent political theory
Statesman by Plato( )

127 editions published between 1774 and 2018 in 11 languages and held by 2,624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plato's "Politicus" ("Statesman") stands, both in date and in political thought, between the Republic and the Laws. It presents his thoughts at the point when he was chastened by disappointment with his attempts to put theory into practice at Syracuse. The dialogue reflects contemporary controversies on the method of definition; but its logical exercises and the impressive myth' of the two cosmic eras serve to bring out its essential political teaching
Philebus by Plato( )

127 editions published between 1770 and 2021 in 4 languages and held by 2,572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This eBook version of Philebus presents the full text of this literary classic
Theaetetus by Plato( )

83 editions published between 1577 and 2020 in 5 languages and held by 2,442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this dialogue, Socrates and Theaetetus discuss three definitions of knowledge: knowledge as nothing but perception, knowledge as true judgment, and, finally, knowledge as a true judgment with an account. Each of these definitions is shown to be unsatisfactory -- Wikipedia
Euthydemus by Plato( )

47 editions published between 1833 and 2021 in 5 languages and held by 2,260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This eBook version of Euthydemus presents the full text of this literary classic
Parmenides by Plato( )

108 editions published between 1774 and 2021 in 10 languages and held by 2,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trajectory presents classics of world literature with 21st century features! Our original-text editions include the following visual enhancements to foster a deeper understanding of the work: Word Clouds at the start of each chapter highlight important words. Word, sentence, paragraph counts, and reading time help readers and teachers determine chapter complexity. Co-occurrence graphs depict character-to-character interactions as well character to place interactions. Sentiment indexes identify positive and negative trends in mood within each chapter. Frequency graphs help display the impact
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